How to Create Pencil Art for Your 8-Page Comic Story | #8PgChallenge – Step 8

Step 8 Pencils 8 Page Challenge

Hello, creators. You are now #MakingComics! Everything you do from now is about making sure it looks totally professional. The pencils are an opportunity for you to tighten you page roughs, which you did in the last step.

In the Step 1, we reviewed how to plan a story idea for an 8-Page Story. In Step 2, we looked at how to break down your pages and plot. In Step 3, we worked on revisions to the plot. In Step 4, we created character sheets. In Step 5, we scripted our comic book story. In Step 6 we built our thumbnails. In Step 7, we drew page roughs.

In Step 8, you will go into full pencils. If this is your first time penciling comics, you will want to strike a comfortable balance between detail and too much detail.

You need to include enough detail to ensure that the pages are clear for your inker. You do not want to be so tight, however, that you cannot complete you pages. If you are a working comic professional, you will be trying to generate one page of pencils per day. For this challenge, you probably cannot work at that pace, but keep that in mind. You. Must. Complete.

Post your page roughs in the Step 8 folder in the Forums.


Ron Lim’s Pencils for Avengers Assemble

In out challenge, you have been looking at a script that I wrote for Avengers Assemble. The art is by Ron Lim, who has generously provided us with a copy of his penciled art.

Take a look at what Ron did here. There’s enough information for you to know exactly what he is drawing. He leaves room for the inker to add some depth to the pages, but not so much room that the inker doesn’t know what to ink.


Your Turn

Okay, so now it’s your turn. If you are participating in the 8 Page Challenge, you should post your rough comic book pages in the Step #8 forum in the Create@ComicBookSchool forums. Also, you should feel free to leave comments for the participants to help them improve their work.

Previous Steps

Step 1: How to Create a Story Idea for an 8-Page Comic | #8PgChallenge

Step 2: How to Plot Your 8-Page Comic | #8PgChallenge

Step 3: How to Revise Your Plot | #8PgChallenge

Step 4: How to Create Character Sheets for Your 8-Page Comic Story | #8PgChallenge – Step 4

Step 5: How to Write the Script for Your 8-Page Comic Story | #8PgChallenge – Step 5

Step 6: How to Create Thumbnails for Your 8-Page Comic Story | #8PgChallenge – Step 6

Step 7: How to Create Page Roughs for Your 8-Page Comic Story | #8PgChallenge – Step 7


In the meantime, here is the Announcement of the 8-Page Challenge.

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